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During your stay with us, our multidisciplinary team will become your second family.  Our mutual goal is success throughout your entire program experience.  We recognize that each patient is unique and will customize your program to suit your needs.  Our team includes, but is not limited to, Surgeon, Registered Dietitians, Registered Bariatric Nursing, a psychologist, and knowledgeable office staff to support your needs.

Vafa Shayani, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Vafa Shayani, our medical director and board certified general surgeon and bariatric surgery specialist, is our independent physician providing services under our Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital Bariatric Program.  Dr. Shayani completed his undergraduate degree at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC.  He completed his general surgical residency at George Washington University and after an additional year of concentrated training in advanced laparoscopy, started his first professional appointment at Loyola University Medical Center in 1996.  He ultimately attained the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at Loyola University before his departure in 2007.  Since then, he has been practicing as a General and Bariatric Surgeon in Chicago metropolitan area. 

Dr. Shayani is one of the experts on Lap-Band surgery in the country.  He started performing gastric banding soon after its FDA approval in 2001, making him one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform this procedure.  His extensive experience and successful outcomes have led to his status as a Proctor for the device manufacturer, wherein he trains and qualifies other surgeons in LAP BAND surgery. 

In addition to his high-volume gastric banding experience, Dr. Shayani utilizes his expertise in minimally invasive surgery to perform many other abdominal operations including hepato-biliary procedures, surgical treatment of gastoresophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia, as well as repair of all abdominal wall/groin hernias. 

Dr. Shayani is board certified in General Surgery, has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, and has presented his research at several medical and surgical meetings.  He is a primary investigator on a number of FDA trials.  He is a member of several regional and national medical societies including American College of Surgeons, American Society for Bariatric Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Midwest Surgical Association, Illinois Bariatric Society, Chicago Surgical Society, and holds leadership positions in many of these organizations.

Office Coordinator - Tammy

Tammy, a gastric band patient, herself, is our insurance specialist and is here to help you understand your medical benefits and coverage for bariatric services.  She will work closely with your health insurance plan to ensure optimal benefit coverage for services performed.  Should you not have insurance coverage for these services, Tammy will be able to guide you to other financing options.

Bariatric Coordinator- Eileen, R.N.

Eileen, our Registered Nurse and Clinical Bariatric Coordinator will assist you with any medical questions or concerns you may have.  She will also assist in scheduling your pre-operative tests, pre and post surgical care and will lead our Patient Support Groups that are offered monthly at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.  She will be your education and resource person as you move forward with this lifestyle change.